Thanks for sharing your problems as it gives us an opportunity to reflect upon those early days of copi ng and managing a stoma without the benefit of experience and hindsight.
I’m pleased to see that you have already had some useful replies, so I won’t repeat what has already been said.
There are several possible reasons for bleeding at the edge of the stoma and each one of these needs investigating and dealing with slightly differently.
1) Any slight touch with a relatively sharp edge of the wafer can cause bleeding. This can easily be rectified by cutting the wafer to the ‘right’ size’.
2) Blisters and irritation of the skin might indicate an allergy, which also needs investigating.
This can cause bleeding and is unlikely to rectify itself if you don’t identify the cause and rectify the problem. As has been said previously, Bob’s past posts have been invaluable in this regard. Hopefully, Bob might chip in on this post and reiterate what he has found out so far.
3) I found that the Salts Healthcare ‘Demacol’ stoma collars were very good at protecting the stoma and the skin. However, they need to be a snug fit, so before you ask for samples, you need to know the diameter of your stoma.
4) I tried paste but could not get on with it as it’s so messy and unmanageable – or maybe that’s just me! I also tried the rings, which were much better but still did not achieve what I required.
5) Eventually I made my own bespoke base plates to suit my own particular circumstances and stuck the manufactured devices to them. Since then. I have had no more allergies or bleeding.
I do hope you manage to find a solution soon, as these things just make it harder to appreciate the benefits of having a stoma.